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National Day of the Cowboy

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Date When Celebrated : Fourth Saturday of the month

National Day of the Cowboy was created in 2005 to preserve the role and contributions cowboys and cowgirls made to the western heritage and history of our country. Every year on this day, the NDOC gives recognition awards to individuals, organizations and projects that contribute to the preservation of both pioneer history, and the promotion of cowboy culture.

Shortly after the Civil War, cowboys and cowgirls began to appear in America's heartland and the wild west. They were largely ranchers and ranch hands, raising cattle, horses and other animals. Cowboys herded them across the plains to feed the animals, and ultimately to slaughterhouses to feed a growing American population.

It was a wild and often lawless time. In the absence of the rule of law, Cowboys developed their own code to live by, known as the "Cowboy Code of Conduct" or the "Cowboy Code of Ethics". They were simple and logical rules of behavior. The rules could readily apply at any time, even today.

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Cowboy Code of Conduct

  • Live each day with honesty and courage.
  • Take pride in your work. Always do your best.
  • Stay curious. Study hard and learn all you can.
  • Do what has to be done and finish what you start.
  • Be tough, but fair.
  • When you make a promise, keep it.
  • Be clean in thought, word, deed, and dress.
  • Practice tolerance and understanding of others.
  • Be willing to stand up for what is right.
  • Be an excellent steward of the land and its animals

Celebrate National Day of the Cowboy

  • Go to a rodeo, where cowboy skills are on display
  • Buy a cowboy hat
  • Dress up like a cowboy.
  • Read a book or article on cowboy and cowgirl history
  • Watch a Western movie that features cowboys.

Happy National Day of the Cowboy!


The Origin of National Day of the Cowboy:

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in 2005, the non-profit organization National Day of the Cowboy (NDOC) created National Day of the Cowboy and made this an annual event.

The U.S. Senate has recognized National Day of the Cowboy, and the impact cowboys have had in our country's history.

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